Fundamental Issues in Archaeology

From Leaders to Rulers

Editors: Haas, Jonathan (Ed.)

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The evolution of complex cultural systems is marked by a number of broad, sweeping patterns that characterize many different cultures at different points in time across the globe. Over the course of the past 100,000 years, there has been a general evolutionary trend for cultural systems to get larger and more complex. A consistent element in the broad course of cultural evolu­ tion has been the emergence and subsequent development of centralized forms of political organization. The record of the first modern humans illuminates a global wide pat­ tern of relative social equality and decentralized deciSion-making processes. Prior to about 10,000 years ago, there are no indications of clear social, political, or economic hierarchies. In these early millennia archaeological markers of social ranking are lacking and there is a similar absence of evidence pointing to the presence of leaders, chiefs or rulers. The pattern of social equality began to change at different moments and at different rates in various parts of the world in the course of the last 10,000 years. In some areas, such as Mesopotamia, politically centralized hierarchies emerged very early and developed rapidly, while in others, such as the Arctic, political centralization never emerged outside the context of Western colonialism. In every culture area, the origins and development of politically cen­ tralized social systems and the emergence of leaders and rulers followed a unique evolutionary trajectory depending on local history and environment.

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"[...]contains nine high-quality essays by well-known archaeologists, who discuss considerable amounts of data from various regions in the world and attendant literature on the interpretation of cultural sequences and social/political change."
(Journal of Anthropological Research, 58, 2002)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Cultural Evolution and Political Centralization

    Haas, Jonathan

    Pages 3-18

  • Communication, Holism,and the Evolution of Sociopolitical Complexity

    Crumley, Carole L.

    Pages 19-33

  • The Origins of Centralization

    Creamer, Winifred

    Pages 37-58

  • Assessing Political Development in Copper and Bronze Age Southeast Spain

    Gilman, Antonio

    Pages 59-81

  • Rulers and Warriors

    Kristiansen, Kristian

    Pages 85-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Leaders to Rulers
Editors
  • Jonathan Haas
Series Title
Fundamental Issues in Archaeology
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-1297-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-1297-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46421-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5484-0
Series ISSN
1567-8040
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 286
Topics